Dumplings are awesome. Throw some vegetables in them and they're healthy. Add half a bottle of Summer Ale and they're the perfect meal to enjoy with dad on Father's Day. Now what to do with the other half of that bottle of ale...
- 2 cups plain flour plus ¼ cup extra for dusting
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup water
- Combine 2 cups of flour, salt, and water in a large mixing bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until it turns into a lump. Then knead it by hand for a 3-5 minutes until the dough gets a little softer.
- Cover with cling wrap and let the dough sit for 20 to 30 minutes on the kitchen counter.
- Take the dough out of the plastic bag. It will be a little softer and moist and easier to handle. Knead it for 5 to 7 minutes, until it’s smooth and elastic. It should be very stretchy.
- Place the dough on a cutting board dusted with a bit of flour and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Put one half into the plastic bag to keep it from getting dried out as your work on the other half.
- Cut the piece of dough into 8 equal sized pieces. Roll each piece out with a rolling pin to round circle disks.
- Repeat with second half of mixture.
Father's Day treat for dad - Renae Smith's Glamarama Vegetable Dumplings
- 1 leek, thinly sliced
- 2 carrots, grated
- 1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
- ½ block of firm tofu, crumbled
- 1 handful of green beans, chopped
- 4 tablespoons of soy sauce
- ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper or 1tbs chilli sauce
- ½ bottle of Glamarama Summer Ale (reserve the rest for drinking)
- In a dash of oil, fry leek, carrot, mushroom, tofu and green beans in a hot pan for 1 minute.
- Add cayenne or chilli sauce and stir through.
- Add soy sauce and stir until the sauce is almost all evaporated.
- Add beer, a ‘slosh’ at a time until the beer is all evaporated.
- Taste mixture and adjust seasoning.
- To make dumplings, place a small spoonful of the filling in the centre of the skin. Dab a little water with your finger and circle around the edge of the skin, and then fold in half and seal the edges.
- To pan fry the base of the dumplings, coat a frying pan with a little cooking oil and turn to medium heat. Place the dumplings on the frying pan and then turn the heat to high. Pan fry the dumplings until the bottoms turn golden brown and crisp. Add the water and cover the frying pan with its lid immediately. Cook until water has evaporated and turn the heat to low. Cook the dumplings for another 2 minutes or so, dish out and serve hot with a dipping sauce!
(Dumplings can also be steamed)
This recipe was kindly shared with us by Renae Smith (Masterchef 2014), which she created using a Sydney Brewery beer called Glamarama. Learn more about Renae at www.renaesmith.com.au.